[arch-general] RFC: OpenRC as init system for Arch

Calvin Morrison mutantturkey at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 14:17:17 EDT 2012

On 04/25/2012 12:38 PM, Kaiting Chen wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM, Rashif Ray Rahman<schiv at archlinux.org>wrote:
>> On 25 April 2012 23:25, Tom Gundersen<teg at jklm.no>  wrote:
>>> I strongly believe that should we move away from intscripts it needs
>>> to be to an event-driven system (such as systemd or upstart) and it
>>> was not clear from the webpage that OpenRC provides this.
>> I concur.
>> Although the current init works for me and won't encourage me to shift to
>> things like systemd anytime soon, efforts towards introducing alternatives
>> would have to be justified by how much more they're able to bring to the
>> table. Simply being different or offering a few bonuses won't be enough,
>> IMO. Systemd is something dynamic and is what fits that ideal model, a
>> model which satisfies the needs of the present and hopefully the future.
>> Otherwise, I like my init as simple as it currently is. Dependency is never
>> a problem as it's very little work to manually ensure they're met.
>> --
>> GPG/PGP ID: C0711BF1
> The problem I have with a systemd like init system is that it's way too
> much overkill for a server. I like our current situation as we have an
> extremely simple init system and users can drop in systemd if they so
> choose. --Kaiting.


Arch follows the nice KISS principle and a bit of DIY. We should have 
default a simple and sane system that works, and if anyone feels the 
need to install some crazy new fangled type, they can go ahead.

OpenRC works well in Gentoo, i don't see why it would not work well here.

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